Gathering 2018: Diocesan Conference & 153rd Convention

Gathering 2018: Diocesan Conference & 153rd Convention


Nov. 2-3, 2018


St. Stephen's Sewickley

Donations Collected for Global and Local Missions Partners

As all of you know, winter is coming. Every year, Shepherd’s Heart gives winter gear to the poor in Pittsburgh. Thanks to the generous donations from many people, we are able to be a blessing to so many precious people in need. Any donations that are brought to the Diocesan Gathering and placed in the bins provided will be taken to Shepherd’s Heart by our staff. If anyone wishes to drop off items at the church, please call the office (412-281-1305) to ensure that someone is there to receive them. Thank you all! Winter Gear that is needed includes blankets, gloves, hats, coats, and socks. -Rev. Mike Wurschmidt

The Rev. David Wilson is collecting clergy shirts and vestments to be sent to the Church of Uganda. He will be collecting them on November 2 -3 at the Diocesan Gathering (convention). Please bring any unneeded or gently used men's or women's clergy attire. All colors too! There will be a white plastic bin outside of Grace Commons at St. St Stephen's marked clergy attire.

You Give Them Something: Miraculous Expectation & Missionary Grace

gathering theme graphic 1 (1).pngAs we look at the needs in our relationships, neighborhoods and communities, our minds and hearts so often turn to our abilities and limitations compared to the size of the need. In Luke 9, Jesus consistently teaches and models a different approach that takes our “yeah, but” response and transforms it, focusing on Him as the source and His great desire and love for our neighbors.

A New Way To Do Convention

Explaining the Change

Every year on the first weekend of November, certain members of the diocese gather together to conduct business required by the constitution and canons. This business meeting is called "Convention," and about 175 people, clergy and laity are "delegates" who attend.

Last year, Bishop Jim Hobby shared a vision to expand this weekend event in two ways. First, he added workshops on topics of concern (in 2017, it was discipleship and prayer). Second, this addition of workshops allowed ALL the people of the diocese to be invited, especially lay people who would have no connection to the business portion.

The vision for this coming November weekend is...Read More